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Star Teachers: February, 2012

by Editorial Staff--Suburban Family Magazine

Kim Murray (pictured)
Chemistry teacher Murray is Lenape High School’s 2012 Teacher of the Year. She was recognized as “a master teacher who has the ability to make very difficult Chemistry concepts accessible and enjoyable for her students,” and commended for continuing her professional development and presenting at the premier ChemEd Conference. Murray also leads the ChemClub Science Day at Hartford School, the Fun4Families Fourth Grade Science Night, and many other projects at Lenape.

Bill Roller
Roller, a Cherokee physical education and health teacher, was named the Cherokee North Teacher of the Month for January. As the department coordinator, Roller coordinates the physical education, business and technology departments with the utmost professionalism, the principal says.

Li Li
Moorestown Friends School Chinese Teacher Li Li was accepted into a Chinese language teaching training program for overseas Chinese language teachers, held in China at the Confucius Institute. The program, in cooperation with the United States government, enabled Li, a middle school teacher, to bring specifically designed Chinese language and pedagogy classes back to Mooretown Friends classrooms.

Vicki Wilson
Art teacher Wilson was named the February Teacher of the Month for Cherokee South, thanks to her positive work as a teacher and for organizing student art displays around the community. Wilson recently organized the National Art Honor Society, Pottery Club and Art Club to work together to produce a variety of art pieces to raise money for a local food bank.

Roxanne Adinolfi
Adinolfi received the Our Lady of Good Counsel School’s Sister Michael Vincent Award on Feb. 1 during a special Catholic Schools Week Mass. The annual award is given to a strong supporter of Catholic education promotes literacy and teaching. Adinolfi, who taught fourth grade and was a reading and language arts specialist for more than 10 years, was chosen for her efforts to promote literacy, community involvement and professional development.

Antonia Benecchi
Washington Township
Chestnut Ridge Middle School orchestra director Benecchi recently served as the conductor of the 2012 South Jersey Band and Orchestra Directors’ Association Junior High String Ensemble. Benecchi conducted the prestigious annual orchestra concert, now in its 58th year, held in January at Rowan University.

Lisa Feinstein, Kathy Gilmour, and Jessica Van Tassel
Cherry Hill
Teachers Feinstein, Gilmour and Van Tassel led the Sharp Elementary School Green Team in the “Big Dig” project, an environmental investigation into the decomposition rates of various everyday objects like Styrofoam and food. The teachers lead a group of 38 students in the Green Team’s series of hands-on science experiments.

Diane Canzanese
Mount Laurel
Canzanese, an art teacher at Larchmont Elementary, arranged an exhibit to give her students’ artwork far more exposure than the family fridge. Artwork from 31 of her third-and fourth-grade students went on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, featuring leaf drawings and poems in an exhibit called “Looking to Write, Writing to Look.” Canzanese organized the display as part of the museum's educational program for teachers. The students and Canzanese were later honored by the Mount Laurel Board of Education.

Shannon Plunkett
The Human Rights Committee honored Plunkett, dean of student life at Haddonfield Memorial High School, for her anti-bullying group “No Place for Hate.” The group was formed last year and encourages students to stand up for those who are being teased or tormented, to not simply walk away and stay silent.

Wendy Sullivan
Cherry Hill
Sullivan, a fourth-grade teacher at Clara Barton Elementary School, received an Eagle of Excellence award, awarded by the principal to educators who go above and beyond in their teaching. This is her third award since working at the school. Fellow teachers say Sullivan continually provides opportunities for children to learn, in and out of the classroom, and serves as a positive force within the school.

Sandi D’Amico
D’Amico recently organized a surprise guest for her fifth-grade class at E.T. Hamilton School: Voorhees Township Mayor Michael Mignogna. D’Amico’s class met with the mayor to discuss current township events, the government, laws and his job duties, as part of lessons on the government and civic duties.

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 12 (February, 2012).
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